No, a person does not need to call 911. There is no need to take a bunch of drugs. No need to hang one self, shoot one self, jump off a bridge, or ram a car. And if you hear an artificial voice telling you to commit suicide pulsed by microwave radiation, do not obey.
There’s another choice.
Suicide – Old Testament
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore, choose life, and that both thou and thy seed may live.
Deuteronomy 30: 19
These words were spoken by Moses to the people just before his death, encouraging them to serve and obey God’s commands for a good life.
God often puts a choice of life or death before us.
If we choose life and good, we testify of God’s saving presence and glory, but if we choose death and evil, we cannot praise God from the grave (Psalms 6: 5; 88: 10).
Serving God will keep us alive but we must make some effort to call on him.
God commands us not to kill (Exodus 20: 13), and that includes us as well as other people.
If Moses words didn’t get the people fearing God stay alive, maybe Commander Joshua’s did, for he made a similar speech, “And if seem evil to you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24: 15).
The people responded, “The Lord our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey” (Joshua 24: 24).
Dear Lord, “For thou hast delivered my soul from death; mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalms 116: 8-9). Amen.
Suicide – New Testament
And the keeper of the prison, awaking out of his sleep and seeing the prison doors open, drew out his sword and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
The Acts 16: 27
The jailer was about to commit suicide because he knew he would face terrible discipline when his boss found about the jail door being open and the prisoners being free.
But God intervened:
Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, “Do thyself no harm; for we are all here, (Acts 16: 28).”
It takes the intervention of God before we stop trying to kill ourselves. We need to get on with life to give God glory.
Christ has already died for us so we might have life but it often takes a near death experience until we call on him.
The Apostle Paul thought of dying when he was troubled, yet he did not trust in himself but trusted in God who raises the dead (2 Corinthians 1: 8-9).
Christ Jesus gives us power over death (1 Corinthians 15: 54-57). The last enemy death has been defeated.
Dear Lord, I humbly accept the risen Christ by the confession of sin into my heart and life. I am renewed in the spirit of my mind to live for you. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10: 13). Amen.
So call on God for help right now, Don’t call 911, another person, take drugs, etc . . . . Just bow humbly in prayer. Christ has died for you, so you can live. So take him with you, go get a good safe meal, and live for the glory of God. It’s time to go to work.
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